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Examples of resistance within the Jewish and German communities

More lives were lost on the battlefield and in extermination camps during World War II than any other conflict in history. Throughout the war, Axis aggression was met with resistance both on the political stage and in underground movements. What are some various examples of resistance and the effect these had on the outcome of the war?

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Here are a few things you might want to think about:

1. Resistance was not just outside the camps or within their walls, nor confined to Jew or Gentile.

2. An example of resistance within the Jewish community included the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (which was ultimately brutally crushed by Nazi forces) and a system of 'organizing' or stealing supplies within concentration camps in order to supplement starvation diets and thus survive. There are many instances of Jewish workers hiding children (who were more often than not gassed in the camps), hiding pregnancies (pregnant women were also gassed), and manipulating records in order to save individuals marked by 'selection' or a weeding out process of weak or unfit workers. Such resistance helped to give hope to a people suffering unspeakable torture, and helped to increase solidarity and the will to live among many.

3. Still other Jews chose death in place of being victimized by their Nazi oppressors. Other Jews escaped into the woods and formed armed bands of partisans. Tuvia Bielski, along with his three brothers Asael, Zus, and Aharon, formed a band of partisans in Western Belorussia that helped many to survive, ...

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Examples of resistance within the Jewish and German communities during WWII are noted.